Nome is located on the southern Seward Peninsula coast on Norton Sound of the Bering Sea and only accessible by air or sea. Once the most populous city in Alaska due to the discovery of gold, you’ll still find relatives of the first gold prospectors here and gold miners still working gulches where the first strikes were made.
Fires in 1905 and 1934 and violent storms in 1900, 1913, 1945 and 1974 destroyed much of Nome's gold rush era architecture; however you’ll still find artefacts everywhere including old mining claims, abandoned dredges, turn-of-the-century steam engines and old railroad track.
Nome’s most exciting annual event is the conclusion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It begins each year on the first Saturday in March and commemorates efforts to deliver life saving serum to Nome during a diphtheria epidemic in 1925.